¡La gente sí fue a la embajada de Corea en México!— Sopitas (@sopitas) June 27, 2018
¡La gente le agradece a todos los coreanos que ven en el camino!
Olééééé 🇰🇷❤️🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/4X4tqIbCbw
After South Korea booted Germany from the World Cup in an unexpected 2-0 victory, Mexican fans rejoiced with them.
In true underdog fashion, fans of both teams chanted “Korea, Korea” after the big win. The reason why Mexico had something to celebrate is because their team would have been eliminated from advancing to the next round if Germany had won.
Now, the Mexican national soccer team, El Tri, will have another shot at victory in Round 16 after suffering a 3-0 loss against Sweden.
Mexican fans around the globe, including Mexico City, Los Angeles, and in Russia, lifted Koreans into the air in honor of their team’s win, which sent El Tri to its seventh consecutive passage to the 16th round of the tournament.
In honor of Korea, I had to put this Korean man on my shoulders to celebrate 🇰🇷 pic.twitter.com/A8mNVH3DuE— ⁶ (@mrtinjrafael) June 27, 2018
The Mexicans found a South Korean outside the stadium 😂 pic.twitter.com/9gG7V9wtOd— Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF) June 27, 2018
Outside the South Korean embassy in Mexico City, people gathered by the dozens and danced while chanting, “Korean brother, you are now Mexican.”
"There's no distinction between Mexicans and Koreans today," said Han Bjoung-Yin, consul general at the Mexico City embassy.
He added that Mexican staff members at the embassy were crying tears of joy.
That’s the Korean consul general to Mexico, Byoung-Jin Han, celebrating with grateful Mexican fans outside the Korea embassy here. One fan said he took a shot of tequila with them earlier. pic.twitter.com/NGWEmRADUW— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) June 27, 2018
here’s a better clip lmao pic.twitter.com/hT83SrNlaG— cassy 🇲🇽 (@AHNSYUJlN) June 27, 2018
For the El Tri players, the moment was bittersweet as they had just barely processed their own loss before learning that they were advancing after all.
"It was kind of a strange feeling because we really wanted to play well and win and get nine points, but in the end it's a bitter-sweet feeling," said Miguel Layun, who learned that South Korea had defeated Germany through the crowd in the stadium. "We have to clear our heads and be aware that we've played well in the group stage and we're in the Round of 16 on our own merits."
Player Marco Fabian echoed his teammate’s sentiments, also noting that they initially didn’t know South Korea had won.
"We didn't know," Fabian told reporters. "On the pitch it is difficult to know [what is going on] because you are concentrating, but obviously [South Korea's win] made us very happy. It was all our dream to advance to the next round. We are there, and now we have to concentrate on what is next."
Call it what you want — serendipity, luck, or fate — but this is a triumphant moment in sports history that neither country will ever forget.